Police Regional Office 10 concluded the conduct of the National and Local Elections 2022 as peaceful and successful despite some glitches recorded in some parts of the region.

Based from the Regional Election Monitoring Action Center 10 (REMAC 10), there were some election-related incidents over five months of election period, however the Police were proactive and prepared to handle the eventualities.

PRO10 recorded 16 incidents since the start of the election period and one of these incidents has been validated as ERI and one suspected ERI. Whereas, the 2016 to 2019 NLE recorded 18 validated ERI and five incidents involving Elected Government Officials (EGO).

A total of 85 Gun Ban incidents were also recorded with 100 arrested, 107 firearms confiscated, 44 deadly weapons, and various ammunition confiscated.

Further, there have been no reports of cases on vote buying and vote selling during the 2022 election period. Whereas, a total of 10 vote buying incidents had been recorded from last elections that consisted one incident in year 2016 and nine in 2019.

PRO 10 also prioritized its operation on major areas where proliferations of loose firearms were prevented. A total of 213 firearms and 672 ammunitions were surrendered and kept, and 42 major ISO operations were conducted as part of the security measures to ensure a safe, accurate, fair and free NLE 2022.

Following are some of the activities and accomplishments of this PRO during the election period: Activation of PRO10 RTG 2022 NLE which shall review and apply best practices observed in past elections and initiate revisions based on the findings and recommendations of the Red Team; Activation of Election Monitoring Centers to monitor all activities and significant accomplishments relative to 2022 NLE; Simultaneous Launching of KASIMBAYANAN; Walk for Peace, Interfaith Rally and Covenant Signing; Walkthrough Visit at Polling Centers, and others.

The conduct of contingency meetings, scenario makings and planning the courses of action remain one of the effective tools in ensuring that the 2022 NLE is secure and fair.

PBGEN BENJAMIN C ACORDA JR, Regional Director, PRO10 congratulated all participating agencies, stakeholders, and the men and women of this PRO for securing the elections safe and peaceful.

“All in all, naging maganda ang takbo ng eleksyon dito sa Region 10 at masasabi talaga natin based sa mga reported incidents and accomplishments na very successful ang pagsagawa ng eleksyon.” RD ACORDA said.

“Malaki ang tulong na ibinahagi ng community by supporting our mandates, activities and programs especially nung Election Period. Sana ay mas maging matatag pa ang suporta nila sa ating mga kapulisan lalo na sa ating mga campaigns against all forms of criminalities.” He added.

PRO10 expresses its gratitude to the public and hopes to build a more sustainable and resilient community for a better place to live, work, and do business in Northern Mindanao. ###

Source: RPIO PRO10